Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson face-off at the UFC 249 presser in Las Vegas (picture by Amy Kaplan/FanSided)
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The UFC has secured a location for UFC 249 on April 18 in a closed gate setting, location to be announced.
The coronavirus is sweeping the country as well as the world. Many people are being affected and in many places in the world, people are being held on lockdown. The effects of this epidemic have trickled down to sporting events now. To make sure the safety of the athletes and fans many sports organizations are canceling or altering their events. Some events are being held without live audiences and some are being canceled altogether. The UFC is the latest organization to be affected by this disease. The UFC has chosen to alter the upcoming UFC 249 Pay-Per-View event.
The event was to be headlined by a lightweight title fight between the champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and challenger Tony Ferguson in Brooklyn, New York. Now due to the growing concerns over this virus and the limit of events being held in the state, the event is being moved.
“I do (know where it is),” White said on Instagram Live (h/t MMAJunkie.com). “But I’m not ready to tell you yet. I know lots of things. … There’s not going to be any fans there. It’s going to be a closed event.”
Although the location is not yet figured out, a possibility would be to hold the battles within the UFC Peak center in Las Vegas without fans, however with just vital individual. At this time that is not a choice however possibly in a couple of weeks that location might be back on the table. Another choice might be holding the event on an appointment. The UFC has actually started to reimburse tickets currently offered for the Barclays Center and will lose of the money they would have escaped thegate The event might still succeed in PPV numbers however the logistics are still uncertain.
This is the 5th time this battle was set up to take place in between these 2 men and the 5th time it remains in danger of being canceled. There appears to be a dark cloud following these 2 around keeping them from stepping foot inside the Octagon together.
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